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In Memory of
Charles C. Gagon ADR1/ADCS USN(ret)

Charles C. Gagon Charles C. Gagon ADR1/ADCS USN Ret

Born January 9, 1933;
Died August 27, 1990
VW-1 1964-1966

A great number of people lost a wonderful person in their lives when Charlie, as he was known to most, passed away on August 27, 1990.

Stricken with a rare and terribly painful disease, Scleroderma, almost 3 years ago, Charlie was nurtured throughout the course of the disease by the love of his wife, Annie, the companionship of his 2 dogs. Beau (died on August 29) and Gretchen; and the devotion of many friends who grieve Charlie's passing.

Born on January 9, 1933 in Central Palls, R.I., Charlie served in the Navy from 1951 -1978 seeing service during both the Korean and Vietnam War while assigned to experimental and research planes. Stationed to North Island in 1974 as senior chief aviation machinists mate upon retiring from the Navy he subsequently continued at NAS as a civilian weight and balance specialist until 1988.

During 1964 to 1966, Charlie was assigned to VW-1 at NAS Agana Guam as a Flight Engineer on the squadrons EC-121 and C-121 aircraft.

Charlie and Annie married on July 14. Bastille Day, in 1973 in Jamestown, RI and in 1974 moved to Imperial Beach. It has been their home for the past 16 years.

Survivors include Annie, brothers Paul N. and Roger L. Gagnon both of Manville, R.I.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 1st at St. Charles Catholic Church officiated by the Reverend Msgr. Richard F. Duncanson, followed by a reception at the family home. The poem enclosed below was read at the service by Bill Ganderton, a close friend of Charlie's. Interment will take place at St. Mark's Cemetery at Jamestown, Rhode Island on September 15 to be attended by Charlie's wife, Annie,brothers, nephews, nieces and friends from his hometown area. Memorial contributions may be sent to;

Scleroderma Foundation
Greater SD Chapter
PO Box 15836
San Diego , CA 92175-5836

Scleroderma causes gradual thickening and stiffening first of the outer skin, eventually membranes, reaching major and vital organs, such as the lungs and heart.

MISS ME - But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free.
Miss me a little -- but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me - but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me -- but let me go.

(Author Unknown)